Honkasuo will be a dense and original city village of wooden houses. The housing construction is done in accordance with the principles of low-energy construction.
The current forest and meadow area will become a residential area with low buildings ranging from two to four storeys in height. The buildings will be timber-framed and the façades will also be made of wood. The houses will be richly coloured and adjacent buildings must not be of the same shade. The block structure will curl around the Perhosniitty park. The intention is to build business premises and work places along the main street, on the ground floors of the residential buildings. These premises would then allow for telecommuting and the creation of services near the homes.
The buildings are energy-efficient and their carbon footprint is as small as possible. The first buildings to be constructed will be passive detached houses in the Haapaperhonen area, in the eastern part of Honkasuo. Terraced houses and low-rise buildings have also been included in the detailed plan for the area. Housing is being developed for both owner-occupied flat and rented flat projects.
Planned for Honkasuo is a very energy-efficient block of wooden houses with some one hundred homes. It is the first high-rise project based on wood construction in Helsinki, which aims towards the energy efficiency level required of a passive energy house.
The central park area of Honkasuo, Perhosniitty, consists of the old Honkasuo croft courtyard area.
The house once stood on the hummock, surrounded by a field in the middle of the forest, a meadow and a sheep barn. Lilacs, apple trees and other yard growing stock have been preserved in the courtyard area, but the remains of foundations are all that is left of the buildings. The planned development of the park is based on the existing cultural environment. In the park, areas will be reserved as allotments for the inhabitants, while meadow vegetation suitable as food for butterflies will be favoured in the parts left as meadow.
A small playground for children and young people will be built close to the plot of the day-care centre. Haapaperhosenpuisto, the block park in the eastern part of Honkasuo, is composed of a beautiful bare cliff hillock and a pine-intensive growing stock surrounding it.
Honkasuonpuisto, the bog park in the western part, could become a park type of wider interest owing to its special vegetation. Marsh Labrador tea, Rhododendron, cottongrass and other plants that are rare elsewhere thrive naturally on bogs.
The Pihkapuisto and Niittyperhosenpuisto parks will have wetland ponds and basins for the retention of storm water.
Honkasuo is located next to the Myyrmäki regional centre, which offers excellent commercial services and an abundance of public, cultural and sports services.
There are also services available in the vicinity of the Malminkartano train station. The Pihkapuisto playground is within walking distance.
A plot for a day-care centre has been reserved in the Honkasuo area. The intention is that some of the first grades of school will be placed in connection to the day-care centre. The building could also serve as common facilities for the inhabitants during evenings and holiday seasons. It is also possible to build a shop and a kiosk in the area.
The heart of Honkasuo is Perhosniitty (lit. butterfly meadow), a meadow park curling around a rock hillock with allotment gardening areas, a playing field and a playground.
Smaller block parks will be constructed among the buildings. Outdoor activities may be pursued, for example, at the artificial hill of Malminkartanonhuippu and in its surroundings. The top of the hill is 90 metres above sea level and it is renowned for its views, environmental arts and the sled hill during winter.
Honkasuo is located just off the western “green finger” of Helsinki. In the area, there is a rich bird population and a raised bog with sphagnum, which has been deemed a geologically valuable formation. Part of the bog was drained in connection to peat extraction about 50 years ago, which has led to the reforestation of the bog. Nature also plays a part in the area’s nomenclature, the main themes of which are swallowtail butterflies and species of their different subfamilies. The names of the streets and parks have been formulated around this theme and they bring their own touch to the character of the area.